Energy Corridor executives swapped khaki for Lycra on 9th annual Bike to Work …

May 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

When dawn broke Thursday, colorful Lycra displaced suits and business casual as the fashion of choice for a peloton’s worth of executives making their morning commute into the Energy Corridor on bicycles.

For the ninth straight year, the Energy Corridor District celebrated National Bike to Work Week, joined by devoted cycling commuters and newcomers alike. They left cars and trucks behind, making their dawn commute into the Energy Corridor with bike convoys led by ride captains from BP, CITGO, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Berg Oliver Associates, Clover Staffing and others.

When the cyclists made it to the Energy Corridor, they gathered for a sunrise celebration hosted by the Energy Corridor District at the Terry Hershey Park Gazebo. There, the bicycling commuters bonded about alternative commuting and healthy lifestyles, enjoying music, prizes, giveaways and a continental breakfast courtesy of Shipley’s Do-Nuts.

The Energy Corridor District’s annual Bike to Work Day has become one of Houston’s most popular Bike to Work Week events. Riders converged on the Energy Corridor from all compass points: Alief and Sugar Land to the south, the Heights, Spring Branch and the Houstonian to the east, Katy and Cinco Ranch to the west, and The Lakes on Eldridge to the north.

Ride captains from several Energy Corridor companies wore colorful, collectible Bike to Work road jerseys designed by the Energy Corridor District, as they led groups into work. Anyone interested in following those same routes can download them here.

To prepare for the two-wheeled commute, ride captains held “Lunch Learn” sessions at BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell and Sysco where cyclists shared tips on bike commuting. Bike convoy leader Mark Barrilleaux and other BP cyclists held a special night at their regular “Killa’s Garage” bike tune-up and repair workshops.

Alternative commuting or just fun?

For the Energy Corridor District, Bike to Work Day promotes alternative commuting as a way to reduce traffic congestion, while contributing to a healthy lifestyle. But for many riders, cycling to work is just a fun way to start and end the day.

For Clark Martinson, General Manager of The Energy Corridor District, it’s one among many days when he pedals into the office on his 1970s vintage, steel 10-speed.

“There is something special about riding a bike to work, whether it’s saving money and time, sustaining your health, or seeing the community that surrounds you in a brand new way,” says Martinson.

Bike to Work Week was created by the League of American Cyclists as part of National Bike Month in May. In cities across the land, commuters left their cars behind to ride bikes into work. It’s an opportunity, says the League, “to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.”

The annual Bike to Work Day ties to a core mission for the Energy Corridor District: actively promoting bicycling as a prime contributor to alternative commuting – as well as a healthy lifestyle.

Fifty miles of bike trails wind their way through the Energy Corridor. And now cycling commuters can take advantage of a recently launched Energy Corridor District CarShare program at Eldridge Place. Commuters using alternative transportation now have access to a shared car at work to run errands, meet friends, check on their kids at school or whatever they choose.

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